The Why’s of Goodness
“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”
– Lauren Bacall
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
– Nelson Mandela
Snippets from researchers and doctors
Did you know that sleep can enhance your memories and help you improve your performance of challenging skills? In fact, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that losing half a night’s rest (3 – 4 hours) on just one evening can erode memory.
“Even if older adults weren’t socially active when they were younger, when they increase social activity later in life, it can still reduce physical and cognitive health issues.”
– Patricia A. Thomas, Ph.D., Author of the Population Research Center at University of Texas at Austin.
Sleeping, staying social and being generous
The Why’s of Goodness volume offers a unique collaboration of insights on a range of everyday experiences that most may not be aware of the benefits it contributes to health and a positive outlook on life. Being social, making new friends and keeping in touch with existing friends does wonders for you mental well-being and health. And surprisingly, so does being generous, which doesn’t just relate to monetary donations but there’s a lot more behind this. We also look at the impacts of getting a good night’s sleep, include tips for those that struggle to sleep through the night and explore the health and mental effects of sleeping pills and other sleep-related so-called remedies.
Getting a good night’s sleep is difficult for many, and these problems can increase the older we get. The good news is there are fixes; you just need to find what works for your body. We uncover why getting a good night’s sleep is so important, and some tricks to help find your cure. Maintaining a social lifestyle plays a big part in keeping good health and avoiding loneliness and depression. This has been proven through many case studies by research experts, which we will explore. The final section of this volume investigates the benefits of being generous, how it’s related to health, and the findings from research experts around the globe.
The three why’s of goodness provides a different perspective on the normal issues relating to your health, such as exercise, nutrition and relaxation. Everything we do in life has some form of influence to our subconscious, and these are great examples.
Each section provides insights and information from industry experts on each topic. To find out more on the topic, refer to our references section and numbered source below each relevant section.
Chapters uncovered in volume three
3.1 | Why you need a good night’s sleep
- The importance of a good night’s sleep
- Are sleeping pills the answer?
- Sleeping pills: What are the risks?
- The risks are increased as you age
- Ways to sleep better without medicines
- 14 tips to develop good sleeping habits
- Handy tip: How blue light disrupts sleep
- Case Studies
- Case Study: Effects of sleep deprivation on cognition
3.2 | Why being social is good for your health
- The benefits of being socially active
- The importance of social groups
- Start your own social group
- Online interest groups, communities and forums
- Benefits of joining and online community group or forum
- Five reasons why you should join an online community
- Find an online community today!
- Risks of distancing yourself from social activity
- How loneliness and isolation affect your health
- Overcoming isolation and loneliness
- Combat depression and loneliness
- Case Studies
- Case Study: Socially active older adults have slower rates of health declines
- Case Study: Active social life associated with well-being in life
- Get started: Helpful groups and websites to get you being social
3.3 | Why being generous after 60 is good for you
- Good giving: Why helping others is good for your heart and your health
- Being generous also has its personal and physical benefits
- Study linking generosity with health benefits by spending money on others
- Improving social connection and relationships through generosity
- Being stingy with money increases stress levels
- Whom you spend money on matters
- Case Studies
- Case Study: Motives for volunteering are associated with mortality risk in older adults
- Case Study: A prospective study of volunteerism and hypertension risk in older adults